Murder suicide story generates numerous reruns

The story I did last month (on Women’s eNews) on domestic violence murder suicides and the whole numbers game surrounding violent deaths was a long time in coming . But I did receive several reactions to the story.

Right after the article published I got responses from a number of different organizations who took the article and republished it on their website including the Maryland-based Casey Merrill Journalism Center on Children & Families. They republished the story on their web site and sent it out to about 5,000 other journalists.

A number of others reran the article as well. I hope others not involved in media read it as well. When you’re talking numbers in a story like that it’s hard for Jane Doe public to follow sometimes, unless they’re really involved in the topic because of relatives or friends. However you do what you can.

BTW – an aside: The Journalism Center on Chilren & Families is extending their deadline for entries to the 2010 Casey Medals:

2010 Casey Medals Expand to Include

Digital Journalists, Citizen Media

This year’s Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism mark a new era as the Journalism Center on Children & Families enters the 16th year of the national awards competition. The Casey Medals honor exemplary reporting on children, youth and families and are funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. In recognition of significant changes in online news delivery, JCCF revamped several categories and expanded eligibility.

For the first time, citizen journalists and reporters from online-only news sites are eligible to apply in all categories. The “Television” and “Radio” categories are restructured as “Video” and “Audio,” expanded to include both broadcast media and the advent of Web-only audio and video entries.

“It’s clear that 2009 brought innovative reporting on child and family issues across the board in all forms of media,” said executive director Gena Fitzgerald. “We’re thrilled to see this fresh surge in reporting on these critical issues, so we wanted to create innovative categories and fresh change for the digital age.”

First-place winners receive $1,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October. Casey Medal Winners are automatically considered for two additional $5,000 awards presented by JCCF’s partner, America’s Promise Alliance. Created to honor the legacy of Tim Russert, the America’s Promise Journalism Awards honor work in two categories: Awareness and Action.

The deadline for 2010 Casey Medal applications has been extended one week. Entries must now be received by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, March 12, 2010. This was reprinted from their website at http://www.journalismcenter.org/content/history-and-guidelines

I’m currently working on another story involved police-perpetrated domestic violence. There’s plenty of examples to choose from in Oregon in the past month.

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